A trained architect and dancer Stella has extensive experience in the arts, architecture and design sectors and is a reputable personality within those communities of London.
Stella is currently Co-director of Sculpture in the City (2010-present), the City of London’s most ambitious arts initiative, which is delivered in partnership with local businesses and the wider arts community. Her long-standing relationship with the City’s arts community also informed Celebrate the City (2012), the Square Miles’ celebratory programme for the 2012 London Olympics where she was Project Director.
Her other notable posts include Deputy Director of London Festival of Architecture (2003-07) and Client Director at international events agency Profirst (2007-09) that taught her extreme budget and client management skills and the ‘art of the impossible’.
Stella is a member of the City Arts Initiative Advisory Board and is a liveryman member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. She sits on various advisory boards and judging panels.
Co-Director (Environmental Enhancement)
Department of Built Environment
City of London
Stella has been working with the City of London as the lead consultant and Co-Director on our Sculpture in the City programme. Stella’s oversight of sculpture selection and client building skills have been instrumental in the growing success of this project, which brings together the business City with the art world to jointly deliver a rolling programme of contemporary public art of the highest international standard. Stella’s relationship broking skills and experience in managing sponsorship negotiations have been central to the heightened profile of this event within the City’s Art calendar.
Managing Director, Barbican Centre
Stella is an inspiring leader and an energetic organiser of great vision and great persistence. From her background in organising architectural, artistic and educational events she was chosen to direct the City of London's special Olympic year project Celebrate the City. She did so with immense flair and success. It was a demanding task to bring together, in a short space of time, so many interest groups and diverse bodies, and to lead them towards a common idea of what a celebratory event for the widest possible audience could be. She achieved this with great diplomatic skill and persuasion, and the result was a unique contribution to the City of London's profile in 2012 which expanded the range of the City's cultural offerings and attracted audiences from beyond the Square Mile, opening its riches to all.
Richard Wentworth CBE
A very small group of people command the respect of serious working artists when it comes to the frayed edges between private and public space . The related issues of ambition and moral endeavour are what makes this territory so memorable , whether it is undertaken with flair or nominal off handedness.
It is rare to meet somebody of Stella's experience and cumulative comprehension. Moreover it is a delight to work with people who convey as much fervour as practicality, as much spatial reach as grounded common sense. She is even 'nice'. I warmly recommend Stella to anybody with a genuine vision for a modern sophisticated city expecting to set its own standards and communicate them far and wide.
NLA: London's Centre for the Built Enviroment
Stella brings to her variety of roles a wide knowledge of the cultural environment as well as brilliant organsational skills and an unrivalled ability to cajole, command and flatter in order to achieve successful outcomes.
Stella has provided invaluable support to us in helping to organise and host the Dark Side Club in Venice during the Preview of the Architectural Biennale on three occasions. Her attention to detail and constant charm and well mannered organisation have allowed us to concentrate on the delivery of content and quality events without having to worry about anything!
Head of Operations
The Archdeaconry of London
Working with Stella is both a joy and a challenge. She is fun, passionate, innovative and goes the extra mile to get the job done. Her address book and powers of persuasion are legendary and the work she has done with the church and the city has been exemplary. She is also a challenge. Unfailingly polite, she brings to any piece of work a discipline in style, a passion in creativity and challenge, a desire to achieve and exceed, and working hours that always exceed EU working hour directives! She is someone I am proud to work with.